Ricky’s Bucket List

So my friend Marta recently published a bucket list on her blog (See it here). She inspired me to write my own down. These are dreams, both old and new, that I want to achieve before I leave this little place we call the Earth.
As Tolkien wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost” and much of my bucket list is to do with travel.
Europe

  • See the Northern Lights
  • Sleep in glass igloo, Finland.
  • Run with the bulls, Spain
  • Backpack over Europe
  • See a show at the Globe Theatre, London
  • Visit Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Celebrate St. Patricks Day, Ireland.
  • Visit the Guinness Factory, Ireland.
  • Live in Paris, France
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower, France
  • Visit Versailles, France
  • Eat French Food in France
  • Tour the South of France
  • Eat tapas in Spain
  • Visit my Grandfather in Portugal.
  • Visit Madrid, Spain
  • Visit Venice, Italy
  • Visit Rome, Italy
  • Visit Colloseum, Italy
  • Live in Italy
  • Rent a mountain villa, Italy
  • Visit Pompeii
  • Visit Vatican City
  • Visit Greece; see everything.
  • Eat actual Greek food in Athens
  • Visit Istanbul, Turkey
  • Have a Turkish Wet Shave, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Eat Turkish Food, Istanbul
  • Visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark
  • See the fjords of Norway
  • Visit Iceland
  • Visit Greenland
  • Attend tulip festival, Netherlands
  • Visit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Visit WW1 sites in Belgium
  • Visit Ypres
  • Eat actual Belgian chocolate
  • Live in Sweden (or other Nordic country)
  • Visit Vienna, Austria
  • Visit Berlin, Germany
  • Live in Berlin, Germany
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest, Germany
  • Visit German Christmas Market
  • Visit Prague, Czech Republic
  • Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia
  • Visit Moscow, Russia
  • Visit Budapest, Hungary.

Africa

  • Visit the Great Rift Valley, Kenya
  • Go on safari, Serengeti, Tanzania
  • Visit the Pyramids, Egypt,
  • Visit Valley of the Kings, Egypt
  • Visit Luxor, Egypt
  • See the Ramesseum, Egypt.
  • Visit the Aswan Damn, Egypt
  • Take a cruise down the Nile, Egypt.
  • Visit Cape Town, South Africa.

Asia

  • Tour Hong Kong
  • Tour Beijing, China
  • Visit Great Wall, China
  • Visit Forbidden City, China
  • Visit Mud Festival, South Korea
  • Go to Korea Burn, South Korea
  • Visit Ullengdo, South Korea
  • Visit Dokdo, South Korea
  • See Cherry Blossoms, Korea
  • Hike a mountain, Korea
  • Visit Penis Park, South Korea
  • Attend K-Pop Concert at least once.
  • See DMZ, South Korea
  • Go on North Korean Tour.
  • Visit Tokyo, Japan
  • Visit Kyoto, Japan
  • Visit Japanese Sex Shop
  • Find used underwear vending machine, Japan
  • Eat Japanese food in Japan.
  • Visit Okinawa, Japan
  • Visit Hiroshima, Japan
  • See cherry blossoms, Japan
  • Do temple stay, South Korea
  • Do temple stay, Nepal
  • Hike the Himalayas.
  • Climb Mount Fuji.
  • Celebrate colour festival, India
  • Visit India (Various cities)
  • Visit Japanese Comic Con
  • Visit Mongolia.
  • Eat Mongolian food, Mongolia

South East Asia

  • Visit Bali, Indonesia
  • Visit Thailand
  • Ride an elephant, Thailand.
  • Eat street food, Thailand
  • Relax with a tiger, Thailand
  • Visit Cambodia
  • Visit Laos. Trek.
  • Celebrate the Water Festival in one of the above countries.
  • Travel across Vietnam
  • Eat Vietnamese food in Vietnam.
  • Visit the Philippines.

Oceania

  • Do LOTR Tour, NZ
  • Visit NZ.
  • Visit Wellington, NZ
  • Visit Christchurch, NZ
  • Visit Auckland, NZ
  • See Kiwi Bird, NZ
  • Visit family in Sydney, Aus.
  • See the Opera House, Sydney.
  • See kangaroos, Aus.
  • See a wallaby, Aus.
  • BBQ on the beach, Aus.
  • Explore the Australian Outback.
  • Visit Melbourne, Aus.
  • Go to Steampunk Festival, Melbourne.
  • Scuba dive, Australia.
  • Scuba dive, Great Barrier Reef.
  • Visit Tasmania.
  • Work on a NZ sheep farm for a summer.

Antarctica

  • Visit Antarctica
  • See penguins in the wild
  • Visit the South Pole
  • Boat around icebergs.

South America

  • Backpack South America
  • See a wild llama.
  • Visit Ecuador.
  • Visit Macchu Picchu, Peru. Selfie with llama.
  • Boat the Amazon, Brazil
  • Trek the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil.
  • Experience a festival in Brazil.
  • Visit Chile.
  • Bike through Argentina (Motorcycle Diaries style)

North America

  • Road trip across America
  • Road trip across Canada
  • See Rocky Mountains, Canada
  • See Niagara Falls
  • Visit Newfoundland.
  • Dogsled in Canada
  • Visit Toronto
  • Visit Vancouver.
  • Visit Montreal.
  • Visit all US States
  • Visit Atlanta, Georgia
  • Visit Austin, Texas. Attend music festival.
  • Visit NYC at Christmas
  • Visit Statue of Liberty.
  • See Times Square.
  • Go to Empire State Building.
  • Visit Detroit, Birthplace of Soul music.
  • Eat Southern Food, New Orleans.
  • Visit Disney World, Florida
  • Visit Seaworld, Florida
  • Experience Burning Man
  • Visit San Diego Zoo.
  • Visit L.A.
  • Chill on a beach, Hawaii
  • See volcanoes, Hawaii
  • See Aztec ruins, Mexico
  • Eat authentic Mexican food, Mexico
  • Attend Festival of the Dead, Mexico
  • Eat Mexican street food.

Central America

  • Visit Havana, Cuba
  • Stay in Cuban Resort
  • Visit the Panama Canal, Panama
  • Visit Costa-Rica
  • Visit Colombia
  • Attend Mardi Gras, Trinidad.
  • Visit Jamaica. Eat food.

Life

  • Become bilingual.
  • Become trilingual.
  • Live in another country for at least 12 months
  • Teach myself to play the guitar again. (In Progress)
  • Be in a band.
  • Have a book of poetry published.
  • Write more poetry
  • Write for fun.
  • Learn to drive.
  • Get a motorcycle.
  • Get at least one tattoo.
  • Dive with sharks
  • Write travel articles whilst travelling.
  • Get a BA.
  • Get an MA
  • Get a PhD
  • Lecture at University.
  • Volunteer at Orangutan Sanctuary, anywhere.
  • Go on archaeological dig. Put my degree to use.
  • Go on paleontological dig and fulfil childhood dream.
  • Visit Las Vegas. Go to Casino. Cry.
  • Go to SDCC.
  • Go to any Comic Con
  • Surf
  • Snowboard
  • Ski
  • Ice Skate
  • Teach English Abroad
  • Live in at least 5 countries for a minimum of six months.
  • Write a song. Have someone perform it.
  • Visit every continent.  

Ullengdo, Dokdo and Chuseok.

So, I haven’t posted in what feels like forever. I am sorry. What with depression and things, I have not had much motivation. So, here it is. A new post. For a (hopefully) new me.

What have I been up to? Well, first I have been on a business trip. I visited Ullengdo and Dokdo. For those that don’t know, Dokdo is the island that Korea is in dispute with Japan over. It is a small chuck of rock in the middle of the East Sea. But, historically, has belonged to Korea (Japan even acknowledged this in the 17th Century). Whilst there, I got to learn the history of the island and the dispute. It is interesting and I suggest to anyone on EPIK that, if you get the chance to go, go on the business trip there. It is worth it.

Dokdo Island.

I also made new, awesomely nerdy friends there. We plan to start having game nights (including D&D and Cards Against Humanity) and hang out on a regular basis. I think this will be good for me, as I haven’t really had the chance to nerd out properly since I left my best friend John back in the UK. I miss hanging out with him and this is as close as I can get whilst being here.

We also got stuck on the island for two extra days, meaning I had no school last week. It was pretty awesome and I got to know the other people on the trip better as a result. I had a blast and miss the company of the people there quite a lot.

For Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), I was supposed to fly to Jeju Island but I missed my flight as I was stuck on Ullengdo. However, I managed to have a nice relaxing weekend at home (Cheongju) that involved going to CostCo for the first time and having an epic pun-off with my friends (I won because I pun hard). Apart from that, I just streamed a few games on Twitch and watched One Piece (as well as calling home). I am back at school now but tomorrow is Friday. Meaning the weekend. I can’t wait as I am sure I am supposed to be doing something with friends. Not sure what though.

Anyway, I hope anyone reading this is OK. I know I am. Stay cool.

Ricky.